The above photo is of the Year 7 book club members meeting author Annabel Claridge.
On Thursday 3 March we welcomed author Annabel Claridge to talk about her book Rhino Farm to Year 7. Students had decorated the library noticeboard with images of Africa, and we had a carved rhino from Tanzania (gifted by our partner school there) on display. Year 7 are studying Africa this term in Geography.
Rhino Farm is an adventure story set in Africa, about a vet's son, Finn, who travels to Africa hoping to see the amazing and beautiful African wildlife. However, he discovers a dark side to the country when he sees a rhino that has been slaughtered for its horn by poachers. Finn and his friends must then attempt to get the rhinos to safety, before any more animals can be hunted down.
After the talk, Year 7 asked questions: one student asked her how she had researched her book? Annabel told the group about the great lengths she went to in order to get everything right, from the make of helicopter that might be used to airlift a rhino, to the risks and challenges of this procedure. Her talk really brought these conservation issues to life. Students were also able to order signed copies of the book. It was a thought-provoking and inspiring assembly.